Just joined in from Ballina in the NSW Northern Rivers. I have 5 chickens: 2 aging ex-battery Isa Browns, I white Sussex, 1 Black Sussex and 1 Barnevelder. I've had them for almost 2 years and I spoil them all - perhaps the little Isa Browns a bit more than the others
I'm interested in all things chicken and will be learning a lot from this site.
I do, however, have a specific question to get me started. The two sussex have not laid an egg since early November last year. They are only about 2 years old so I was hoping they would be laying for some time to come. They started laying right when they were meant to and laid an egg a day for several months. Then in November the white one had a bout of broodiness which we cured fairly quickly with an isolation ward but during this she upset the laying patterns of the others. Everyone else settled down eventually except for the black sussex, who seemed to go out in sympathy with the white one. Now neither of them has laid an egg since. They are both healthy, well-adjusted and have a healthy appetite - just no eggs. I wonder if anyone can help with why this might be and what I can do to get them laying again. It's been VERY hot here over the last few months - could that be it? The Barnevelder is fine though - laying 5 or so eggs a week. I have made sure they are not full of lice/mites, and wormed them for good measure also. They just look perfectly contented NOT laying eggs. Can this be possible??
Any insights would be great.